Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 1

Baltimore Activist Alert Aug. 31 – Sept. 6, 2011


"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours.

The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.


Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to www.baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com.  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at] verizon.net.


Tune into the Maryland Progressive Blog at http://mdprogblog.org.


1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists  

4] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLA  

5] Used stamps for humanitarian causes

6] Can you phone bank? -- through Sept. 3

7] Can you risk arrest with 350.org? – through Sept. 3

8] Art Along the Trials – through Sept. 3

9] Philadelphia peace vigil – Aug. 31

10] City Council 14TH District candidate debate – Aug. 31

11] City Council 9TH District candidate debate – Aug. 31

12] Chestnut Hill Peace Vigil – Aug. 31

13] First Thursday vigil against war – Sept. 1

14] Reflections on the Eve of 9/11 – Sept. 1

15] City Council 12th District candidate debate – Sept. 1

16] WIB Frederick vigil – Sept. 2

21] City Council 7th District candidate debate – Aug. 25

22] City Council 2nd District candidate debate – Aug. 25

25] Movement against Drug War – Aug. 25

17] White House vigil – Sept. 2

18] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Sept. 2

19] WIB Roland Park vigil – Sept. 2

20] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Sept. 2

21] Silent vigil/potluck dinner at Homewood Friends – Sept. 2

22] Film PRINCESS KA'LULAINI – Sept. 2

23] ALC Retreat – Sept. 2 - 5

24] Film PHIL OCHS – Sept. 2

25] Ballroom dancing – Sept. 2

26] Farmers Market – Sept. 3

27] Olney vigil to end the war – Sept. 3

28] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Sept. 3

29] Peace vigil at Capitol – Sept. 3


1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  "God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions" stickers are in stock. Donate your books to Max. Call him at 410-366-1637.


2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/.  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to the war in Iraq.


To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to donmuller@msn.com.  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  


THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe.  It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing.  To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to ncnrnotices-subscribe@lists.riseup.net. You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at ncnrnotices-admin@lists.riseup.net.


4] – You can help safeguard human rights and fragile ecosystems through your purchase of HOCOFOLA Café Quetzal. Bags of ground coffee or whole beans can be ordered by mailing in an order form. Also note organic cocoa and sugar are for sale.  For more details and to download the order form, go to http://friendsoflatinamerica.typepad.com/hocofola/2010/02/hocofola-cafe-quetzal-order-form-2010.html. The coffee comes in one-pound bags.


Fill out the form and mail it with a check made out to HOCOFOLA on or before the second week of the month.  Be sure you indicate ground or beans for each type of coffee ordered.  Send it to Adela Hirsch, 5358 Eliots Oak Rd., Columbia, MD 21044.  Be sure you indicate ground (G) or bean (B) for each type of coffee ordered. The coffee will arrive some time the following week and you will be notified where to pick it up.  Contact Adela at 410-997-5662 or via e-mail at adela4peace@verizon.net.


5] – Brad Hathaway spearheads an effort to sell donated used stamps to raise money for different humanitarian causes around the world. Go to www.mattapoisettquakers.org, and click the link for the stamp ministry.  Carefully clip canceled postage stamps and send to Quaker Missions, PO Box 795, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Send no small flag stamps or Liberty Bell Forever stamps.


6] – The Tar Sands Action at the White House continues through Sat., Sept. 3.  Volunteers are needed to do phone-banking to convince people to come to D.C. and risk arrest at the White House.  A phone bank operation has been set up for the offices of the Energy Action Coalition in D.C., happening from 4-7 PM each day. You can sign up by contacting Whit Jones at EAC at whit.jones@gmail.com.


7] – The Tar Sands Action began on Sat., Aug. 20 at noon, and continues through Sat., Sept. 3 at noon.  The aim is to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline to the Canadian Tar Sands.  This pipeline destroys or puts at risk many vulnerable wilderness areas plus an aquifer supplying water to much of the U.S. Midwest.  The U.S. State Dept. is fighting for business interests and attempting to override environmental and administrative law, defying the slightly less corrupt EPA and in essence refusing to submit any serious environmental impact statements.  The organizers hope to defuse the largest carbon bomb in North America. With people power and time-tested tactics of civil resistance – join thousands of people from across the continent in a wave of sustained sit-ins at the White House.  Go to http://www.tarsandsaction.org/.


8] – Art Along the Trails continues at Carrie Murray Nature Center Leakin/Gwynne Falls Park, 1901 Ridgetop Road, Baltimore, MD 21207.  The exhibit is up through Sept. 3.


9] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in Iraq outside the Phila. Federal Building, 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is Aug. 31. Call 215-426-0364.


10] – There will be a debate between candidates for City Council 14th District on Wed., Aug. 31 from 6 to 8 PM at the Harbor City High School, 2555 Harford Road.


11] – There will be a debate between candidates for City Council 9th District on Wed., Aug. 31 at 7 PM at the UM BioPark, 801 W. Baltimore St., organized by the Hollins Roundhouse Neighborhood Association. Contact hollinsroundhouse@gmail.com. 


12] – Each Wednesday, the Northwest Greens hold a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill, PA. The next vigil is Aug. 31. Call 215-843-4256 or email nwgreens@yahoo.com.  


13] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will host an End the Wars vigil on Thurs., Sept. 1 from 5 to 6:30 PM in Mount Vernon at Centre & Charles Sts.  The Pledge gathers in Mount Vernon on the first Thursday of the month to protest U.S. wars.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

14] – "Reflections On the Eve of 9/11: A Conversation with Professors Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University and Ed Kessler of Cambridge University's Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths" will take place on Thurs., Sept. 1 from 6:15 to 7:30 Pm at the School of International Service, American Univ., 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC.  The conversation, moderated by new SIS Dean James Goldgeier, will cover some difficult questions including "Where are we ten years after 9/11?  What's changed?  What hasn't?" The event will include a question and answer session with students and a reception afterwards and is sponsored by School of International Service, International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program and others.

15] – There will be a debate between candidates for City Council 12th District on Thurs., Sept. 1 from 7 to 9 PM at St. Francis Academy, 501 E. Chase St.


16] – WIB holds a silent vigil mourning all violence, the first Friday of the month.  The next vigil is Sept. 2 from noon to 12:30 PM, War Memorial Park, intersection of W. 2nd & N. Bentz Sts. in Frederick.  Please dress in black; no additional signs.  Call 301-834-7581 or email wibfrederick@mizmail.com.


17] – A peace vigil takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at Lafayette Park facing the White House.  Join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and friends. Contact Art Laffin: artlaffin@hotmail.com.   


18] – Every Friday from noon to 1 PM, Women in Black, Baltimore, host a vigil at Pratt and Light Sts. in the Inner Harbor. Peace signs will be available. See http://www.peacepath911.com/ or write wibbaltimore@hotmail.com or call 410-467-9114.


19] – There is also a noon vigil on Sept. 2 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

20] – A vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel (now in its 8th year) takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at 19th & JFK Blvd., Philadelphia (across from Israeli Consulate.  It is sponsored by Bubbies & Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East. Email cswartz@pil.net. Go to http://phillyjewishpeace.org/.

21] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Sept. 2 from 5 to 6 PM outside of Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St., in opposition to war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Placards say: "War Is Not the Answer." The silent vigil is sponsored by AFSC, Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings.  Since it is First Friday, there will be a potluck dinner after the vigil.


22] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility and Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Meetings are hosting the FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES.  The first film

PRINCESS KA'IULANI [USA, 2010] will be shown on Fri., Sept. 2 at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.  The Meeting hosts a potluck dinner from 6 to 7 PM on First Fridays after the vigil.  At 7 PM, the DVD will be shown with a discussion to follow.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


The film stars Q'orianka Kilcher as the heir to the throne in Hawaii in this epic movie based on a true story. The movie follows the progression of Kaʻiulani's short life, beginning with a happy life in Honolulu.  Her education takes place in Victorian England, but there is news of the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii.  She tries to convince the United States to reverse the overthrow. While not a documentary, the film illuminates historical events which most mainlanders know nothing about.  The movie was written and directed by Marc Forby and also stars Shaun Evans, Barry Pepper, Will Patton and Julian Glover.


23] – You are invited to the Sept 2-5, 2011 Atlantic Life Community Retreat in Camden, NJ at the Oscar Romero Retreat Center—go to http://www.romero-center.org/.  RSVP to Chrissy Nesbitt at 610 361-3243 or disarmnow@jonahhouse.org. The theme is "Leaving The Corporate War Economy, Disconnecting From The Empire."  The ongoing challenge is to contemplate our place in the world; to question what we as a community of peacemakers can do to convert our death dealing war economy into a Life sustaining economy.  We work to end U.S. war making; we work to obstruct the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the continued presence of nuclear power plants; and we work at being a voice for those oppressed by the injustice and greed of the state and the culture.


 The retreat begins on Fri., Sept. 2 with dinner at 6 PM, followed by a discussion on Peacemaking into Afghanistan and Iraq.  On Saturday catch Community presentation on walking away from Empire and Remembering the Camden 28 Draft Board Action after 40 years. There will be workshops and drones, fracking, Plowshares and Fukushima/nuclear power. On Sunday, attention will focus on the weaponization of outer space and our country's # one military contractor, Lockheed Martin.


24] – On Fri., Sept. 2 at 7 PM watch PHIL OCHS, There But For Fortune, which is being shown as part of the "JUST-REEL" First Friday Free Film Series at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, Delaware County, PA. Was he the most passionate voice of his generation?  The evening will include light refreshments and an after-film discussion. It is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. Call 610-544-1818.  Email brandywine@juno.com.  Go to www.delcopeacecenter.org.


25] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM.  Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St.  Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be Sept. 2.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.


26] – Go to the West Baltimore Farmer's Market for fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and other treats every Saturday from 8 to noon.  CPHA has worked with the West Baltimore Marc TOD and Transit Inc. (WBMTTI) to establish a Farmer's Market at the West Baltimore Marc Train stop at Smallwood Road at Franklin and Mulberry Sts.  Since opening in June, over 300 people buy fresh groceries there every Saturday morning. WBMTTI will continue to include the community in the transit-oriented developments on the west side and continue to improve the area around "the highway to nowhere" until it becomes the highway to somewhere. Go to www.cphabaltimore.org.


27] Friends House, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, hosts a peace vigil every Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 AM, on the corner of Rt. 108 and Georgia Ave. in Olney, MD.  The next vigil is Sept. 3. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


28] –  Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to www.ccpeace.org. Email ccpeacemovement@aol.com.


29] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sept. 3. Look for the blue banner with the message, "Seek Peace and Pursue It.--Psalms 34:14." The vigil lasts one hour and is silent except when one responds to the occasional questions. Go to http://www.quaker.org/langleyhill/seekpeace.htm or email seekpeacevigil@yahoo.com.


To be continued.


Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/


"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

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